Are healthy fries possible? FooDiva tests Philips’ AirFryer
Dubai; When it comes to kitchen products, FooDiva’s a sucker for gadgets with gimmicks, and I guess that’s how I ended up testing the relatively new-kid-on-the-block, Philips AirFryer. Well that, and Philips’ PR machine.
I sliced my potatoes lengthwise into 1.5cm strips leaving the skin on (800g for four servings), and tossed them in my concoction of olive oil (just one teeny tablespoon), plus some ground pepper, chilli and curry spices – making sure to coat them. I then scooped them into the AirFryer basket which had been plugged in, pre-heating for three minutes at 180C. Turned the dial to 22 minutes, letting them cook, whilst turning occasionally. Now the gizmo’s technology is based on diffusing hot air with a grill component to fry the chips, as opposed to sinful amounts of oil. Dependent on quantities, you only need ever use up to one tablespoon of oil. Note, the zero-oil claim applies to pre-packed/ frozen chips, which as we all know are already smothered in oil and all sorts of trans-fats.
Lo and behold, 22 minutes later, I unlocked the basket and here’s what I got; golden-brown home-made chips that looked as if they’d just popped out of a deep fryer, but infact hardly a drop of oil in sight. Crispy on the outside, and all mushy inside. You think you’re scoffing deep fried chips, and you can certainly taste it, but infact Philips claims the fat content is 80% less than a conventional fryer. Calorie content, FooDiva reckons is a little less – at the end of the day it’s still chips. There’s also a separator so you can cook a couple of foods simultaneously – just beware of individual cooking times. The built-in air filter diffuses odours, so you won’t get that awful deep fried smell around the house – even though you’ll smell it on the chips. And best bit when you’re done, bung the removable drawer and basket into the dishwasher.
By the way, it’s not just built for chips, but an accompanying recipe book gives you heaps of ideas from fish cakes and quiche to chocolate brownies!
The Philips Air Fryer HD9220 costs AED 999, so your as-healthy-as- you-can-get fries do come at a price. For UAE stockists, T; 800 7445477. If you’re a fan of fries and chips, then it’s a worthwhile, healthy investment – and am sure you’d concoct other dishes too. The AirFryer will only cook a max of four portions at one time, so clearly if you’re dining with a larger group, you’ll need to plan otherwise as those chips should be served immediately. Whilst I sense a chip-addiction ahead, my only qualm is the basket was a tad too fiddly to remove – but perhaps that’s just FooDiva.
Ooh what should we airfry next? Suggestions welcome!
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